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Contact: Jeff Jones, (843) 883-3123 x 20
On Friday evening, January 7, 2011 the National Park Service will offer free candlelight tours through Fort Moultrie. Tours will leave from the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center every 20 minutes beginning at 5:30 PM until 7:10 PM. Each tour will be limited to 20 individuals. Visitors may make reservations by calling (843) 883-3123 x 20 or in person at the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center on Sullivan’s Island. Admission is free.
The tours will be led by the Tramp Brigade Organization of Historical Interpreters and will reenact the conversations and events that occurred leading up to the evacuation. Each 30 minute tour will recreate the events of the evening of December 26, 1860 when Major Robert Anderson transferred his entire Federal force from Fort Moultrie to the unfinished Fort Sumter in the middle of Charleston Harbor. This movement infuriated the newly established Republic of South Carolina and led to the seizing of all other Federal installations in Charleston by South Carolina forces. It also began the countdown to the first shots of the Civil War on April 12, 1861.
Additionally on Saturday, Jan 8th reenactors portraying both Federal and South Carolina forces will give presentations at Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie throughout the day.
Fort Moultrie is a unit of Fort Sumter National Monument and is located at 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. The fort and visitor center are open daily from 9:00-5:00 except for New Year’s, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. For more information, call (843)883-3123 or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/fosu.